Category Archives: Quick Tips: Skin Care

Beauty Quick Tip: Less Painful Waxing

The removal of superfluous hair from the body is an art that's been around for centuries.  However, one thing that hasn't really improved with the process is the pain factor…until now.

Legwax When I have new client call for a waxing appointment, there's a few questions that I ask BEFORE I will even set the appointment with them.  I ask about the medications they may be taking, allergies, topical products they're using and any recent cosmetic procedures/treatments they may have had.  Once I 'clear' them for an appointment with me, I ask them where they are in their menstrual cycle.  I usually here a slight pause on the other end of the phone followed by, 'Why do you need to know that??"  My answer usually gets a big, "Wow! I didn't know that!"

Waxing will be more painful the week before and during your menstrual cycle.  Why?  Because your hormones are elevated causing more sensitivity to just about everything, including pain. Try to schedule your waxing appointments right after your menstrual cycle and most likely you won't feel as sensitive.

If your medical history allows, consider taking either Tylenol or ibuprofen about 30 minutes PRIOR to your waxing appointment to also help alleviate the "ouchies".

Here's to happy (and hopefully less painful) hair removal!

Let me know how this works out for you!

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Skin Care Quick Tip: Don’t Waste Your Moisturizer or SPF!

The other day I was at my friend's house and she was putting on her makeup, etc. as we were chatting.  I noticed after she applied her moisturizer with SPF, she wiped off the excess product that was on her hands onto a paper towel.

Waste Not – Want Not

Immediately I yelled, "Why did you do that??!"  She looked at me and said, "Why did I do what?"  I informed her that she shouldn't have wiped the excess product on a paper towel.  She tilted her head and gave me an inquisitive look.  I explained that she could have used the excess product on her neck, chest and the tops of her hands.  At that point, I saw the the lightbulb go off over her head.

Apply skin care First, you should be applying your SPF or moisturizer to your neck and chest areas anyway.  You don't want to wind up looking like some of those Hollywood starlets who have had facial rejuvenation done but neglect to do anything with their neck and chest.  You know what I'm talking about.  Their neck and chest areas look 10 years older than their faces.  Gobble, gobble-turkey neck anyone?

Secondly, most women neglect the tops of their hands.  This area shows aging rapidly because of the constant exposure to UVA & UVB rays all year round.  Hyperpigmentation (brown spots) will show up sooner than you want it to if your hands aren't being protected daily with SPF.

One last tip: always apply your moisturizer/SPF to the face, neck and chest in an UPWARD manner.  Don't help gravity along by dragging the skin down.

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Skin Care Quick Tip: Winter Skin & Hot Water

As an esthetician, one of the most common complaints I hear in the cold winter months is that a client's skin feels dry, tight and dehydrated.

One of the biggest culprits for skin feeling this way is that because it's colder outside, we tend to take hotter showers and baths.  The hotter the water and the higher the foam content of your bath products, the dryer your skin will become. 

Here's a Few Winter Skin Tips For You 

I'll admit it- I LOVE hot showers!  But, I hate what my skin looks and feels like when I go to apply my makeup afterwards.  So, what I do is to wash my face with tepid water at the sink BEFORE I take myWoman washing face shower.  This way, I avoid getting the hot water on my face but I don't feel chilly and uncomfortable when I'm showering .  I also use products that are sulphate-free.  You can find an array of bath products (including shampoos) that have natural, plant-based surfactants so you still get the foamy lather without all the moisture-stripping chemicals.  My favorite sulphate-free body washes are by Bella Lucce.  By the way, PRIIA Natural Skin Care facial cleansers will all be sulphate-free!

Since I'm still guilty of taking a hot shower, my body can feel a little dry and itchy if I fail to hydrate my skin.  So, I follow the "3-Minute Rule".  I apply all moisturizers (face & body) no more than three minutes after showering to help lock in moisture.

Question: Do you notice that your skin changes during the cold, winter months?  If so, what changes occur for you?  Leave your comments in the form below.  Thank you!

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Beauty Quick Tip: How To Get Rid of ‘Puffy’ Under Eyes In A Snap!

If you're like me, you're probably in hyper-speed mode due to the upcoming holidays.  We're all burning the candle at both ends trying to get everything done on time.  The problem with this is that it usually means more stress and less sleep.  For me, less sleep at night results in some puffy-looking eyes in the morning.  So, how do I get rid of them F-A-S-T?

Undereye Puff Well, slices of cucumbers do work well, but honestly, do you always have cucumbers on hand to use?  Not me.  So, what I found works the best is to keep two teaspoons in a ziplock baggie in my frig at all times.  Simply take the chilled spoons and gently press the backside of the spoons to your under-eye area.  Hold them there for approximately 1 minute.  The cold temperature of the spoons brings down the swelling.

You can make this quick treatment even more effective by first applying an eye cream or gel which contains active ingredients like Soy Peptides, Vitamin K and/or cucumber extract.  Gently pat a small amount of product onto the eye area and let it soak in for a minute or so.  Then, apply the chilled spoons.

What happens is when the cold spoons touch the skin, blood is rushed to the surface of the skin.  Once the spoons are removed, and the temperature of the skin begins to return to normal, blood then filters back down through the epidermis taking with it all the nutrients that are in the eye treatment product  you just applied.  Wash the spoons and return them back to the frig for next time.  Voila!  Bye-bye baggage!

What About You?

Do you have any beauty quick tips you'd like to share?  What works for you?  I'd love to hear them.  If it's a really good tip, I may just feature your answer in a post!  Leave a comment in the form below.

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Quick Beauty Tip: Pain-Free Eyebrow Tweezing

Whether you tweeze your eyebrows all the time to shape them or just in between your salon waxing visits, you can use the following quick beauty tip to make plucking virtually pain-free!

First, clean the area to be tweezed with a non-alcoholic toner.  Next, simply dab on some Anbesol with a cotton swab.  Use only a small amount taking care not to get it into the eyes.  Let it sit for approximately 5-7 minutes until the area is numb and then pluck away!  (If any stinging or burning sensation occurs, discontinue use and wash the area immediately.)

If you happen to experience any redness or swelling as a result of tweezing, simply apply some ice to the area for a minute or two. 

Give this try and let me know how it works for you.  Happy tweezing!

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Quick Tip: DIY ‘Spa’ Lip Treatment

Got dry flaky lips?  You need to exfoliate them and here's how to do it…

Why spend big bucks on a store bought lip exfoliation system when you can make your own with just 2 basic ingredients you've probably already got in your kitchen pantry.

Homemade Lip Exfoliator Recipe:

  • 1 teaspoon of organic brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 teaspoon organic extra virgin olive oil
  • Small bowl to mix in

***Make sure to do this mini 'spa treatment' over a sink…it can be a tad messy.  =-)

Simply mix the the brown sugar with the olive oil until a paste forms.  Using clean hands, apply the Brown sugar paste to your lips and begin to work in gentle circular motions.  Continue to do this until your lips feel smooth.  The brown sugar is the exfoliator while the olive oil imparts much needed moisture.  Plus, it tastes yummy and is 100% natural!  Gently wash away any excess paste with lukewarm water.  Lastly apply your favorite natural lip balm and you're done!

Do this treatment 2x's per week and you'll keep that beautiful pucker totally soft and kissable.

PS- The same recipe above works wonders for the hands and feet as well.  Simply increase the amount of each ingredient, perhaps add a drop or twoof your favorite essential oils and it's smoooooth sailing.  My favorite essential oils to add to a hand/foot scrub are peppermint and lemon. Aaaahhhh, smells DIVINE.

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-The Mineral Makeup Coach

Quick Tip: Out Damn Spot!

Zit tip  Has this ever happened to you??? 

You're getting ready for a big event or preparing to have your picture taken for one reason or another and you look into the mirror and gasp in horror…

A zit the size of Mount Rushmore has erupted right between your eyes (or anywhere else for that matter) and it's angry.  It's big, sore and it means business. 

What do you do?  Cry? Scream? Try to pop that bad boy?  No!  Here's a simple quick fix:

  1. First, apply some ice directly on the pimple for approximately 1 to 2 minutes.  Ice will help to bring down the swelling.
  2. Next, apply some Visine.  Yup, you heard me right- apply Visine because what does Visine do?  Say it with me people…It gets the red out!  It may not take away all of the redness but you should see a considerable difference.

  3. Then conceal the pimple using the tips and techniques outlined here.

  4. Lastly, breathe a BIG sigh of relief because you know The Mineral Makeup Coach has got your back!  😉

Voila!  Bye bye blemish!

Give this tip a try and let me know how it works for you. 

Cheers!

-The Mineral Makeup Coach